Recipe: From Keepers: Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The combination of black beans and butternut squash wrapped in tortillas and baked under a blanket of smoky tomato sauce and cheddar is a good choice for Meatless Mondays. To help get dinner on the table even faster, we often use packaged cubed butternut squash, instead of cutting it ourselves, and make the filling a day or two in advance.

Serves 4

2 cups cubed butternut squash

2 cups Everyday Black Beans (page 188) or one 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Grated zest of 1 lime, plus 1 tablespoon juice

Salt and pepper

8 corn tortillas

One 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, minced (remove the seeds for a milder effect)

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons water

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

Preheat the oven to 350°F, with a rack in the middle position. In a medium saucepan, combine the squash with enough cold water to cover by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and gently boil until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain the squash and return to the pot. Add the beans, butter, and lime zest. Mash until just a little chunky, then season with salt and pepper. Set the bean mixture aside.

Spread the tortillas out on a sheet pan and heat in the oven until warmed through, but not toasted, about 4 minutes (if they get crisp, they will crack when you try to roll them). Set aside, leaving the oven on.

Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, oil, chipotles, honey, water, and lime juice, then season with salt and pepper.

Lightly cover the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with some of the tomato sauce. Dip each toasted tortilla in the remaining tomato sauce, then spoon on one-eighth of the bean mixture and roll up. Arrange the filled tortillas in the baking dish seam-side down, cover with the remaining tomato sauce, and top with the cheese. (If all 8 tortillas can’t fit across the pan, tuck the last one in crosswise.) Bake until the enchiladas are heated through and the cheese has melted, about 25 minutes, then serve.

TIP: For an extra-smoky touch, try using fire-roasted canned tomatoes (diced or crushed) in place of the regular crushed ones.


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Comments [2]


Squash does not get tender after 6 minutes of boiling. Never. You need at least 20 minutes.

Feb. 27 2014 05:10 PM
Maui Girl Cooks from Maui

I really enjoyed listening to this show while I was walking today! One of my favorite dishes is a butternut squash tostada, from the vegetarian cookbook Laurel's Kitchen. It doesn't have black beans in it, but they would make a tasty addition. I will be trying these enchiladas soon; I have a butternut squash on the counter and a pot of black beans on the stove right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Feb. 26 2014 04:35 PM

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